HITMEN FOR HIRE
ABE ‘KID TWIST’ RELES
The leading light of the Brownsville Boys, who would form the nucleus of the death squad known as Murder, Inc. He would also become the leading light in the prosecution of several of his former colleagues.
HARRY ‘HAPPY’ MAIONE
An Italian-American hoodlum from the Ocean Hill neighbourhood of Brooklyn, who joined forces with Jewish boys Abe Reles and Martin ‘Buggsy’ Goldstein. ‘Happy’ was an ironic nickname for the ever-sullen Maione.
FRANK ‘DASHER’ ABBANDANDO
Loyal lieutenant to ‘Happy’ Maione on the streets of Ocean Hill and a man linked to at least 30 murders in and around Brooklyn during the 1930s. His favoured weapon was the ice pick.
LOUIS ‘LEPKE’ BUCHALTER
A major labour racketeer, Buchalter directed the Murder, Inc crew, turning them into a ruthless killing machine. Ultimately, he would go into the history books as the only major mob leader to receive the death penalty.
Not only was Anastasia co-head of Murder, Inc alongside Buchalter, but he was also a significant member of the American Cosa Nostra. He also lived longer than his contract-killer colleagues, successfully evading the guilty verdicts and death sentences handed to his cohort.
HARRY ‘PITTSBURGH PHIL’ STRAUSS
Arguably the most brutal of the Murder, Inc killers – and certainly the most prolific. Estimates put the number of victims who died at his hand at approaching 500.